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ShutterstockBlueberries are bloomin’ delicious — and they can help stave off type 2 diabetes.

Another study has shown that fruit is good for you. Just be sure to eat it in solid form.

Research published Thursday in the British Medical Journal analyzed the results of long-term health studies that tracked the diets of nearly 200,000 people over two decades, some of whom developed type 2 diabetes.

The scientists found that those who ate at least a couple of servings per week of certain whole fruits — notably blueberries, grapes, and apples — were 23 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who avoided them.

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BMJThis graph from the paper shows that blueberries are particularly good at staving off type 2 diabetes. Cantaloupe — not so much. (Click to embiggen.)

On the other hand, those who drank at least one serving of fruit juice daily were 21 percent more likely to develop the disease. The BBC breaks it down:

The study calculated that replacing weekly fruit juice consumption with whole fruits could bring health benefits.

For example, replacing fruit juice with blueberries could reduce the risk of contracting type-2 diabetes by 33%, with grapes and raisins by 19%, apples and pears by 13% – and with any combination of whole fruit by 7%.